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Brown Angel - Clown Shoes

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225 Reviews
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Reviews: 225
Hads: 637
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 43
Gots: 93 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mduncan on 03-04-2010

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Premiere. A sweet aroma. Enormous soapy head, lacey. Long bitter finish. In a word: nutty brown. Very drinkable Hops and malting is so balanced. Better than its rating in the sense that I would serve this regular to people if available down the street. Great for the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Bottled 4/2011.

Pours a murky brown with an explosively large khaki head that eventually settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and nutty aromas. Taste is very much the same with a medium amount of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a very high level of carbonation that is just too much. Overall, this is a pretty average beer as it stands and I think there may be a slight infection issue with the huge head and extreme carbonation that this particular bottle has.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear brownish amber in color. It poured with a thin tan head that left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and traces of lacing on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of brown malts and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of brown malts and is accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness—more than you would expect from your typical brown ale.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer has a nice strong taste and is rather drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany color with a rocky, one-finger head that leaves a few squiggles of lacing behind

Smell: Hop forward and pithy hemp aroma with a hint of caramel underneath; the malt becomes more apparent as the beer warms

Taste: The caramel and nutty brown ale flavors make a brief appearance up front but serve as an appetizer for the very pithy hemp flavors that build through mid-palate and dominate in the aftertaste; all the while, there is a burnt caramel undertone that becomes ever more apparent after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: My second taste of Clown Shoes and I can tell that these guys love their hops; I enjoy their beers though I note that they are a touch on the aggressive side; this is not the beer for anyone expecting the usual brown ale

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Huhzubendah to providing this bottle.

Pours a moderately-dark brown chestnut color with a huge off-white head and gobs and gobs of lacing as it goes down my tulip. The nose is pretty good with a bit of citrus and roast as well as some other fruits. The flavor is about the same--some roast and a bit of malty sweetness as well as some orange and other citrus. The feel is somewhat bitter with a medium body. Pretty hoppy for a brown. I like it. Sort of reminds me of Short's Good Humans. Drinks pretty well. I would have this again.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arbitrator shared this one. Thanks, Arbi. The beer is a murky, nearly opaque brown with a thin tan head that recedes to a thin cap.

Toasty, lightly roasted aroma. Grainy and mild, there's a subtle sweetness but on the whole it smells dry.

Toasted malt and earthy hops make up most of the flavor. Medium-bodied, on the dry side, perhaps a bit too dry for the style. There's a bit of bitter herbal astringency and some roasted malt in the finish along with faint solvent. Pretty decent, but not my favorite take on the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Sexy blaxploitation meets Catholic afterlife mockery - who could be offended by that, eh?

This beer pours a clear (I believe), rather dark red-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and pretty bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent, broadly spanning webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of lightly toasted, and subtly meaty biscuity caramel malt, softly dank piney and leafy forest floor detritus, overripe citrus rind, bar-top nut skins, and the faintest whiff of bittersweet cocoa. The taste is gritty bready, doughy, and dry biscuity caramel malt, muddled green flora notes, mildly spicy orange citrus, more pithy generic nuttiness, wet ash, and a suggestion of time spent hanging around a black coffee urn, one adjacent to the creamer station as well.

The carbonation is gently rendered, in a bit of playful, if somewhat obsequious frothiness, the body a wavering medium weight for something out of 'murica, plainly smooth, and well, well nothing. It finishes off-dry, the 'layers upon layers' of malt surely saving some for the end, amongst some lingering bitter coffee, chocolate, and still mixed-up pine and citrus hoppiness - oh, those crazeee kids!

American Brown Ale? Why the hell not, truth in advertising is not said nation's strong suit. Way more amber than brown, and with a few smoky and hoppy notions more aligned with the nascent Black Ale denomination, I'm at a virtual loss as to whether this one comes anywhere near the ballpark (talk like a native, they won't know!) of the purported style. Ok, on to my actual baggage-free impression - ummm, tastes good to me!

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Photo of emerge077
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky ruddy orange brown and somewhat opaque, with a nice deep color. Sticky collar of light tan foam that has great lasting power, with attractive lacing all the way down.

A little bit of chocolate malt, malted milk balls, earthy hops in the aroma. Served pretty cold, these aromas only came out after sitting for 10-15 minutes.

One dimensional bitterness, very little malt complexity at first. As it warms there's some vague coffee and burly dense malt flavors, pinned under a numbing layer of bitter pine sap. Specialty malt and an overload of bittering hops. It comes across as coarse and heavy handed. Medium to full bodied, ample carbonation. A bit too rough to want another.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear rich brown with a sticky,tight one finger khaki colored head atop,two broken rings of lace were left behind.Chocolate malts,roast,and fruity esters in the nose,as the beer warmed some sweet alcohol notes came into play.Medium smooth feel to the beer,roasty and earthy with lightly sweet chocolate flavors,a light shot of "green" hops lingered in the finish.Not as hop assertive as I thought it would be but its a very good brown ale.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

. Deep dark brown in color with a wonderful tan head on top. Very nice robust look to it, almost a cedar hue to it. The aroma was a big suprise. Rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it. Really huge brown ale here. Smooth, mellow carbonation, rich, creamy profile with each sip having to be savored time, and time again. Lots of rich caramel malts wash across the tongue with the very first sip, and so it begins as the smooth, mellow cocoa notes start to come together and mixed with a light, earthy bitter hoppiness

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Photo of oline73
2.23/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a hint of red when the light hits the bottle. There is a ton of tan head that stays around for quite a while. This one might be a bit over carbonated.

Smell: This is a mild smelling beer considering the abv. Some mildly roasty malt, to be honest it's slightly soapy. Getting a real faint brown sugar smell.

Taste: Not very sweet at all. Some slightly roasty malt, no nutty or caramel note. The finish is bitter and there is some alcohol presence as well. Not my favorite of this style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with an extremely high amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very subpar brown ale. Over carbonated and no real malt presence. I will never have this one again.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.44/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this.

A: The beer pours a clear brown color with a tall tan colored head.

S: Smells strongly of burnt rubber. There's definitely some citrus character to it, so it seems at least a little bit hoppy. Maybe a bit of burnt bread. Just a really off, harsh aroma, though.

T: Doesn't taste very good either. Quite a bit of rubber on the flavor as well. Some toasted malt and charred malt. A little bit of booze. Maybe some earthy hop notes.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I hope that this beer isn't supposed to taste like this because it was just awful.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 1/2012.

Appearance: Pours out a deep, dark medium-brown body beneath a tall, foaming, light tan-hued head.

Smell: A central deep breadiness, fairly toasty in the scent, streaked by hoppy notes of spice (white pepper), florals, and pithy tangerine peelings.

Taste: Bread, toasted grains sliding towards a roasty chicory-like taste given a thin layer of sprinkled toasted ground nuts. Near nil sweetness, though a very, very low hint of brown sugar that races by the tongue. A mix of florals and spice wrapped up in a big orange, tangerine-flavored bow. Moderate bitterness. Scant grassiness. Drying, bitterish, toasted finish with a light lingering hint of mint leaf.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: As expected, it was a hoppy brown.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Nothing springs to mind save "Brown Sugar" and "Jackie Brown"... Anyway, this stuff pours a sweet sienna topped by over a finger of mocha foam. The nose comprises toffee, brown sugar (nailed it!), light coffee, light cocoa, light tobacco, a touch of grass, and a kiss of cashew. The taste brings in more of the same, though the coffee is a bit more powerful, the cocoa is darker, and the grass has morphed into some earthy cilantro-like greens. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat creamy feel. Overall, a very nice brown, something I could easily see reaching for again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 5/15/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops for the style, maple and nuts.

T: The taste starts with a mild burst of hops bitterness that you typically don’t get in a Brown Ale, followed by sweet flavors of caramel, maple and nuts. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/19/2013. Pours nearly opaque dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, light nuttiness, light coffee, floral, pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, light nuttiness, floral, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, coffee, toast, toffee, light nuttiness, floral, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop and dark malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy brown ale! All around great balance and complexity of hop and dark malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown almost a mahogany finished oak hue with a light beige head forming thick, head has speckled lacing around the sides of my glass. Aroma has herbal and citric hop notes, with bready caramelized sugars, and mild yeast dough like character. Flavor upfront herbal, pine, and citric bitterness coats the palate and doesn't really let up much, big imperial brown ale for sure. A bit muddled especially as I poured the last of the beer in, this beer is dry and would benefit from a touch more malt base. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils, well deserving dry finish from the boat loads of hops these guys threw into this brew. Overall I wanted it to love it since the label is top notch, but it's just okay for me this go around.

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, dark amber color. Good starting head that continues to a minimum of a single layer of bubbles. Leaves excellent full-ring lace.

This is a hoppy brown ale. It is a fresh hop that covers any presence of alcohol or malt.

The flavor has a definitive brown ale malt touch that creates a wonderful balance. This is a rich liquor given the style. It is similar to an IPA but with a dark malt touch--there's chocolate and a touch of bitter (perhaps unmalted) burnt barley.

Overall, just a wonderful beer to sipped and enjoyed.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Thanks to Reagan1984 for this one.

A - Pours with two fingers of tan foam that dissipates to a thin cap and leaves glass-coating lacing. The body is a pleasant transparent caramel brown color.

S - Floral hops, cocoa, and nutty malt. No obvious alcohol in the otherwise potent nose. Reminds me a little of Surly Bender.

T - The taste is significantly more bitter - must be the Amarillo hops. There is some nuttiness, but this isn't anywhere near as sweet as the nose. A little underwhelming.

M - Maybe a bit thin for 7%. Finishes with light stickiness, but is otherwise quite clean. Medium carbonation.

D - This is easy drinking stuff. I could kill a bomber pretty easy. This was the better of the two Clown Shoes brews.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear brown with hints of amber in color. The head on this beer is slightly smaller than average and reduces to practically nothing almost immediately. Head is a very light beige in color. No lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is very faint overall but I get some hints of roasted malts, coffee, and hints of chocolate.

T: This beer has a decent amount of bitterness to it with hints of coffee, some earthy flavors, and subtle hints of dark chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth and slightly dry in the finish.

O: Pretty good for a brown ale but not as good as some of the other offerings from this brewery. I like the added hoppiness to the traditional brown ale flavor palette. I could and would drink a couple of these in a session.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I originally reviewed this beer but due to some unplanned carbonation issues, a new bottle was provided free of charge from Gregg Berman, thanks, I will review at this time.

Beer is brown and mostly clear with nice carbonation and a soft off white head of small / medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and head has decent retention. Already better than before.

The aroma has a mild sweetness to it followed by a mild roastiness, slight coffee. Smells good.

Beer has a medium body and the lead off is sweetness for sure. It is interesting overall, I'm pretty pleased with it. The finish is nice with mild bitterness from the grains, I'd have it again.

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Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with a reddish hue; soft, dense, off white-brownish head that has great retention

S - caramel, nutty, faintly roasty

T - nutty, caramel, toffee, coffee, roasty, faintly citrusy

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp, well carbonated

This is a really solid brown ale. It has great flavor and great drinkability. The malt character is spot on with just enough hop character for balance. I wish this came in six packs, I would buy them for sure.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New bottle from Gregg Berman. Thanks a lot for replacing this!

A: The body is chestnut brown with gorgeous crimson highlights. The head is an inch thick and appears light tan or beige in color, with superb retention. As the head slowly recedes it absolutely coats the glass in a thick sheet of lacing. A remarkable appearance in all facets.

S: The aroma is a balance of malts and hops, with mild bitterness in the nose.

T: The taste is initially bready and malty, followed by a pleasant hop bitterness that gains presence near the finish. The beer is well balanced, and has more of a hop character than I am accustomed to in a brown ale. Well done.

M: I particularly enjoyed the feel of this beer. It was smooth on the palate, with alcohol content well disguised. Malt and light roast, followed by a tangy, bitter hop finish, and lingering aftertaste. Again, well done.

D: I would definitely drink this again. Thanks Gregg!

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful, dry roasted scent that screams Special Roast and crystal malts. It also has a mild hop aroma that melds nicely with the malts. It's bitter, but the aroma is malt forward. The taste is great as well! Wow, what a complex array of flavors. First, it has a very flavorful and complex malt bill that provides a good deal of roasted character. It's dry and bitter with a touch of nuttiness. It goes down with ease and finishes with a nice hop taste that's bitter, yet more complimentary. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous brown ale. It has great balance for such a complex beer.

Thanks to Clown Shoes for a "fresh" look at this wonderful beer.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a dark brown in color with a creamy, frothy, khaki colored head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass, where it left some nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows has a mix of sweeter, caramel and toffee like malts and darker, bitter-sweet chocolate, slightly roasted malts. I get a hint of coffee to it as well. It has a good dose of citrusy hops coming out in it as well, adding some bold grapefruit and floral notes to it.

The taste has a lot of caramel and toffee to it throughout the beer. Just a bit of the chocolate comes out in the finish. Again, there is a good amount of citrusy hoppiness to it as well. Pretty nice flavors overall, and they come together pretty nicely as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty easy drinking and good tasting beer. The hoppiness mixed better than I expected with the big, malty, brown ale flavors. Pretty solid beer overall.

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Brown Angel from Clown Shoes
87 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.